Nov 27, 2012 7:00pm PST
today's meeting? former u.n. ambassador john bolton joins us. good evening, sir. your thoughts about today's meeting with ambassador rice on capitol hill. >> well, from susan rice's point of view this meeting was a disaster, an opportunity to try to draw the sting out of the opposition that had been expressed by senator mccain and the others. obviously went in the opposite direction, when you have all three of the senators who participated in the meeting coming out after and saying they have more questions now than they did before. this was a bad meeting. no doubt about it. and i think part of the problem here is the -- is the continued focus by the white house, by susan rice, by people looking at it on these so-called talking points that somebody provided to her. i'll just put it this way based on my own experience in government. nobody who's truly competent rinsereads talking points for ay purpose. if you're good enough to be an official, you don't make up words. you follow policy asset by the president, but the notion you can be a cabinet-level official and be given talking points
Nov 27, 2012 10:00pm PST
to susan rice, as a nominee? >> i am always in favor of u.n. ambassadors making something of themselves when they finish at the u.n. if the president wants to have a fight he thinks he can win, he can get a fight with susan rice. let's be crass about this. i think the president thinks he's on a roll. i think he thinks republicans are going to fold like a cheap suit on taxes and entitlements. i think ultimately he thinks they will fold on susan rice, too. my guess is, he nominates her. he thinks he is going to win and he emerges stronger. if republicans want to take a position on susan rice, they better be prepared to think through the implication and not hand the president a victory he doesn't deserve. >> thank you, sir. >> thank you. senator john thune is here and joining us. >> good evening, greta. >> have you seen anything to indicate we are close to a resolution or moving in that direction? >> i haven't. it's hard to come to a resolution when one of the parties is not around. the president is on the campaign trail again -- >> you are referring to his trip on friday to pennsylvania?
Nov 21, 2012 7:00pm PST
war n april after north korea launched a long range rocket, the u.s. led the push for broader sanctions against north korea. then, the obama administration cancel aid deal so how will president obama deal with this volatile nation in the second term? is north korea contained in the sense they haven't done anything provocative recently. we don't hear much from them there. is no sort of discussion about them, are they sort of on hold and quiet now? so there isn't a lot of attention ton them? >> i don't think so. i think the fact the obama administration didn't engage in concessions to the north koreans the way the bush administration did, has been a small plus but that doesn't mean that the north korea nuclear weapons program hasn't been proceeding deep within the mountains of north korea. i think the united states actually lost a big opportunity which kim jong-il died and north koreans had to go through succession, that was a period of vulnerability we might have been able to take advantage of to see the collapse of the north korean state and reunification of the peninsula. if